Slavery Reparations and Civil War Pensions

As a special task force in California develops proposals to provide slavery reparations to residents, it’s worth considering the only similar program in United States history, Civil War Pensions.  Then, as now, there proved to be no means to accurately assess claims, resulting in monstrous costs and an overall program that lumbered on for over… Continue reading Slavery Reparations and Civil War Pensions

Juneteenth: The good, the bad, and the ugly

In principle, a holiday dedicated to honoring America’s long march to freedom is an unequivocally good thing, but in practice progressives and Democrat lawmakers twist it for their present political purposes, haranguing the country and proposing radical policies. At the risk of sounding somewhat retrograde and out of step with the times, I have mixed… Continue reading Juneteenth: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The popular progressive history of slavery leaves out a whole bunch of important facts

The plantation system was developed hundreds of years earlier by the Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch to supply Europe with massive quantities of sugar.  Those three countries forcibly transported more slaves to the Americas than the United States, many long before 1619, and the long fight for freedom began almost immediately.  Why then do progressives insist… Continue reading The popular progressive history of slavery leaves out a whole bunch of important facts